WELL…not only did I get to meet Mary, but an online friend of mine invited me to join her and some friends for a late night chat. I’ve been to their blog before (http://seekerville.blogspot.com/), but I’d forgotten everyone who contributes. I was happier than a fat kid in a candy store when I got there and Mary was there! I got to chat with her for quite a while, and she even let me take her picture:
And in the midst of it all, there’s a woman chatting and laughing. She passed out some cover art for people to enjoy and that’s when I realized – Julie Lessman! If you haven’t read her work, you should (check out her website).
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express how much I enjoyed that night – meeting authors, building relationships, getting out of the novel-rut. If I had skipped everything else at the conference, it would have been worth the expense just for the people I met that night.